Hello my lovelies! No, I have not abandoned you ^_^ After watching the live stream, I had to work—-then sleep—then work. I know, some of that is overrated. But now I am ready because yesterday had so many hints and lots of information. I had my notepad handy and was taking notes like any diligent student.
So first up:
In the video, it was confirmed that Dust is a very important part of Remnant. It comes in several forms, and those can be combined to create new types of Dust. When the picture flashed by, it looked a lot like the four elements. You have red, blue, yellow, and green. If you are familiar with pagan studies, yellow is often a color used for air. You can’t really associate the primary crystals with the girls because…Blake is not Green and they are not in order. It is possible that dust follows the Chinese elemental system, but that is five elements not four. Those would be metal, wood, fire, water, and earth. It is easy to get carried away because there are many elemental systems. I am betting that Monty is going with the simplest that most are familiar with: earth, air, fire and water.
It is unknown how or why, but aura acts as a catalyst for Dust, triggering its powers and making it useable. There are several ways that people have used Dust. It was primarily used in its raw form. As technology advanced, it was used in everything from weapons to daily items, powering most of Remnant. It was also said to be fused into clothing, and (probably the most dangerous) into the body itself.
During the live stream, it was strongly hinted at (practically confirmed) that Dust is a finite source, and that it is mined from the planet—NOT the moon. The moon will play a part later in the story, but Dust does not seem to be the main thing. Before arguing that maybe the Dust came from the moon, it was clearly stated that the material was mined from the planet—mined means taken out of. It is possible, however, that the moon has more dust…or something else….
Dust being a finite resource doesn’t come as a surprise, given Torchwick’s speech about how well he was doing his job by driving up Dust prices and clearing the market of all product.
So given all that, we can be reasonably sure that Ruby and Cinder have Dust in their clothing (cloak and dress respectively). It is possible, given how Cinder’s eyes glow and behave, that Cinder has also taken Dust into her own body. The history lesson did not make clear on how taking it into your body worked—-if you could put it into a specific place or if it just kind of filled your whole blood stream. So does this mean it is possible that Yang infused Dust into her hair? That would seem like something she would do…who knows? But the more they describe dust, especially with it being fusible into the body, makes me more certain that it might have drug-like qualities. Imagine people getting addicted to the power rush of the fusing. It did look kind of painful in the video, and pain often fires off endorphins that create a high. Oh, and that leaves it open as to how Glynda might have Dust—-either in her clothing or self.
With Dust being so important to the world of Remnant, and being a finite source, it leaves the story open to all sorts of explosions. Ironwood could well be aware of the shortage of Dust and is preparing for the war of the Kingdoms that would result from such a catastrophe. Or…well, lots of possibilities there.
And there is one more thing they threw into the mix—-animals have Aura (because Monty likes dogs). So this puts animals on a different level from Grimm, and also leaves open the very cool possibility of Dust-infused animals. Can you imagine a souped-up war horse on Dust? That would be so awesome! Basically, every living thing that has a soul has Aura, and thus has the potential to use Dust because Aura triggers Dust. I think what separates Human/Faunus from Animals is the ability to consciously use Dust. Now is he going to go all Pocahontas and have plants/rocks/etc use Dust, or just keep it to animals and people? Can you imagine a crazed man-eating plant on Dust? Scary!
They briefly talk about the board game and the kingdoms, though they didn’t clarify completely continent names. We know Vale is where Beacon is. Vacuo is also a kingdom, not a continent, and is where Sun was from—-they give lots of hints about strong sunlight, so I guess I was wrong about Vacuo being in the North. Thinking about it, if Vacuo and Vale are on the same continent it does make more sense to put Weiss and Blake on opposite sides—-and blocking wise, it makes the interaction between Yang and Ruby easier. So poo. I was wrong on the map. Gonna have to rethink it. The mention Atlas/Mantel, but don’t really confirm that it was a kingdom or Continent. Haven has Mistral, which is where a lot of people are from or claim to have come from. So I guess that does put Mistral up North? They said that they really need to get a map up—I agree!
Other places they mention, but don’t confirm exactly what kind of place— Patch, Signal (we know this is an academy) and Menagerie (we know this was the reservation for Faunus in the far south)
As for the dragons on the map—Monty says they are coincidence. I think it is fate :)
As for the board game—-they said there were a lot of clues about Remnant through that board game if you take the time to listen to the banter that is slightly covered by the music. So I was right in taking that stuff down and taking it seriously. It still leaves lots of questions, but we can see that there is a certain relationship between different kingdoms. My big question is what is the Mistral Trade Route—-or more specifically *how*. You think of airships based on transportation, but if the MTR is a part of the longer history of Remnant, then it originally either had to be completely on foot, or over sea. Looking at the map, both options seem very dangerous…but that is the case with trade. I still think it is very similar to the Silk Road, thus mostly foot/burdened animals and connects Vale to whatever kingdom is on the same continent (Vacuo, right?) But then, why would she have the MTR if Weiss was Vacuo? So then from the north across the sea? Ugh…I dunno.
SUN and his TEAM
Confirmation now that Sun’s team name is…well, Sun. (sssn). Really, that is all there is to say. They won’t say anything else. Well, there was some interesting trivia. Neptune was originally part of a different team and was moved onto Sun’s. Now it leaves the question of *how* they became a team, because Sun is from Vacuo and Neptune is from Haven. I have a feeling that Sun and his team are going to be very VERY interesting. His team is one of the first teams, prior to JNPR, so that is cool ^_^
SEMBLANCES and ACADEMIES
Okay, I thought this was cool and it makes perfect sense. Semblances are, well, not exactly inherited from parents, but kind of passed down through the family. This makes perfect sense, as parents often teach their kids skills that match up with theirs. Monty and them even said that they were thinking of the parents when they were thinking of semblances. This makes me a bit excited, because it really opens the possibility that Ruby really did inherit her cloak from her Mother. That would be so cool, and I would be ecstatic to find that I was right about something so major. ^_^
So not only are these hunters/huntresses learning from their parents, but they go to additional schools to learn more about fighting. This actually helps explain why Ruby and her team are already so strong at what they do. They have literally been preparing for these kinds of things all their lives. Given the world that they live in, that makes sense. It was also kind of confirmed that the academies like Beacon *are* like colleges and that there are other types of these schools for other occupations. Beacon is for the cream of the crop, indicating that it is the top “college” on Remnant. I love being right, or seem to be right.
We get a little more about the various characters. For example, Arryn talks about how Blake becomes very obsessed with getting certain things done and that she is very strong willed (didn’t I already say she was strong willed? Sure I did, way back during the Emerald Forest when I talked about how she wouldn’t let fate determine her life and how she *chose* her partner). It was again confirmed that Cinder could pass for a Senior student—-so I was right about her story! Love that :) And they talked a bit about the thing under Jaune’s breast plate. Yes, it is his symbol. They said they hinted at it in volume 1—and I remember that scene. It was with Cardin, when he was getting beat up and his Aura kicked in to protect him. It was flashed on the screen—-looked pretty cool. :)
One of the last world-things they mentioned is that yes, there is religion, but it will probably be a while to get into it.
Okay. This is the one everyone probably got all excited about. Monty and team did confirm that there are many *many* kinds of Faunus, and not just mammals. Some are rarer than others, and they don’t always have a visible connection to their animal counter parts. Oh, and yes, Faunus and Humans can interbreed. They even hinted that there was already some…oh wait, that is a secret. :P Makes me more suspicious of Cinder. Torchwick and Ozpin, not so much. But Cinder…I just have this feeling. Mainly because of her eyes.
That also means that everyone out there, whatever OC you made as a Faunus, you are probably safe. Including half-human half-Faunus. And saying that drives me nuts. If Faunus can breed with Human, that means they are Human. Inter-species breeding does not produce viable offspring—usually it doesn’t produce offspring at all, and even if it did, the offspring would be infertile. So This basically makes the Faunus much like the Africans when they were subjugated and oppressed. Back in those times, Africans were considered a different species because—stupidity. It drove me nuts when Blake told Ozpin that his “species” was not ready to accept her own, but that isn’t right. If they can breed, they are of the same species. Then again, that could just illustrate the ignorance that is inflaming the hatred between the two Ethnicity.
It is this interaction between “Human” and “Faunus” that I find most intriguing and very well done. In a lot of ways, it is mirroring our own history and how oppression worked. There was even a time, long ago, that women were seen as a different “species”. This specific dialogue from the stream has me so excited for the continuation of the story because know I know for certain that it is going to get super deep. And I love that whole psychology/sociology stuff.
So we got lots of good stuff. We will have a few more history lessons—-after episode 7, 10. Looking forward to it :D
I like Monty’s goal to synchronize the teams, because the more you do things together, the more in sync you get. That was his initial goal, and I think he did really well in that.
I was listening to the stream again…and then I think “Did Miles just make a Cake reference? “Goats go to hell…”